Estevan Public Youth Centre (EPYC) hosted a successful fundraising event last night, raising funds for its summer programming. Despite competition from the Stanley Cup Final, around 90 community members turned out to support the cause.

Expressing her gratitude for the community’s support, Merissa Scarlett, executive director of EPYC, remarked, “I know a very exciting hockey game was on, so thanks to everybody who bought a ticket, came out, or picked up their supper to help us raise these funds. It is very much appreciated and shows our youth that Estevan is committed to the future of our city.”

Participants either dined in or opted for takeout, contributing to the fund that will support a variety of summer activities. These funds will be used for snacks, supplies, and enhancing the scale of planned events, such as going to the pool or having a bowling event.

“We’re taking some of our events that we regularly do and add more funding to make them a little more memorable.”

EPYC has been proactive in engaging with the community, particularly young patrons, as the summer approaches. Before the end of the school year, EPYC representatives visited local schools to showcase the centre's offerings for the summer holidays. Scarlett noted that the centre will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., providing more opportunities for youth to participate in its activities.

“We have more opportunities for you to come by, and we’ll be hosting some really fun programming events, such as the EPYC Olympics one week in July,” she said.

With this strong community backing, EPYC is set to provide memorable experiences for the youth of Estevan throughout the summer.